John Peel Tribute: Session #7
At last comes our 7th release, gathered for your listening pleasure with all our love and care. This session is melodic, it has an organic quality, it feels alive (so do we think at least!).
We kick off with Hamburg-based LIKE A STUNTMAN. Although their musical heritage belongs to an american tradition of lo-fi melodists like Beck, their gentle electronic additions help creating a blend of their own alt pop which we strongly recommend.
DESORMAIS are Mitchell Akiyama and Tony Boggs and illustrate a contemporary take on songwriting: one is based in Montreal and the other in Cincinnati. Their work is a careful mix of digital droning noise and acoustic instruments with a minimal aesthetic. Although deconstructed, their music always gives a chance to expose beautiful accidents, it is balanced but not static despite its digital nature. This is poetry in the age of broadband.
21-year-old Brit Matthew Bell aka CAPUCHIN is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, dogged crate-digger, avid sound-collector and eccentric DIY producer. His work brings together the catchiness and down-to-earth simplicity of pop and folk, the awesome atmospherics of post-rock and the flickering edginess of avant-garde hiphop production.
APSE may have found the perfect balance between dark and moody atmosphere and a pop beauty lightening the space, somewhat reminiscent of an encounter between Thom Yorke and Michael Gira's late Swans. "Keep" is taken from their eponym effort available on the excellent spanish label Acuarela Discos.
Founded by the Italian guitarist Paride Lanciani, INSTRUMENTAL QUARTER is an..... instrumental four-piece unfolding gorgeous and dreamy soundscapes. Rhodes, violins and graceful guitars merge into almost hypnotic tunes.... sweeeeeeet!
DIRGE was formed in September 2001 by Yann Lafosse (guitar, voice), Benjamin Daubeuf (drums, samples) and Mirjam Tautz (violoncello).
When Benjamin met Mirjam, who came from east Germany with a classical music background, the band started rehearsing and started playing the sad slow melancholy dirges which now are their trademarks. "You Grown Away From Me" is a foretaste of what DIRGE are up to.
VICTOR GAMA is an Angolan artist who gained exposure through his fantastic release on Rephlex for what would be the first release of the label totally devoid of electronics, Gama playing instruments he designed himself (which we encourage you to check as they are piece of art in themselves). "O Jardim de Aisa Tanaf" is taken from "OCEANITES ERRATICUS", an album almost entirely dedicated to his work for the 12 string guitar.
From Northern California comes the talented CHRISTIAN KIEFER, who also plays in the band Nice Monster. His discography shows many collaborative projects exploring the many facets of folk music, from the Black Dove duo with British folk singer Sharron Kraus to his very sad album "Czar Nicholas Is Dead" bordering on ambient and experimental music. "Black Falcon Night" is a great present for you guys, a track composed exclusively for this release, stripped down to the bare voice of the man and his banjo.
FAUVE is Geneva-born Nicolas Juilliard. After several band projects, he decided to go solo in order to be more free to express his talents of songwriter and composer. His work is a charming mix of easy-listening, bossa-nova, pop and electro. You heard him first here...
BILBAO claim that their influences are birds and trees... somehow you cannot argue with that. Their music has got a feeling of late summer evening, when the sun embraces the horizon and flood the landscape with a childhood nostalgic orange light (well maybe that's just me..).
Their pop/folk tunes are a treat so...indulge yourself!
RONIN is Bruno Dorella's project, a busy man who needs his many bands to express the wide range of his creativity (he also plays in Load Records's OvO with Stefania Pedretti amongst other projects).
RONIN's music is like an imaginary soundtrack for a spaghetti western. In that respect, it is no surprise that he offered us to contribute with a cover from Ennio Morricone. "Here's to you" would easily fit in RONIN's discography if it was not a cover. Think about barren landscapes, slow, moving songs, also influenced by Eastern Europe's music and you have an idea. But the best is to listen and enjoy what is an unfairly underexposed band given its quality, some might call it the best kept secret ever.. so help us spread the word!
Summer reaches its end, nights are getting longer, so it is our duty to make it an appropriate transition.Marko Neuman aka CAHIER is providing the soundtrack to a safe journey through the frozen land of his native Finland. Layers of droning guitars seemingly carried by the wind... this is CAHIER's music, somewhat cold but definitively not sad. This is an awesome track which seemed appropriate for us.
This session was put together with the idea to be enjoyed outdoor, wherever you are, perhaps on your way to a gig!
1 - Like a Stuntman - Stan Places
2 - Desormais - Hell 'n Ohio
5 - Instrumental Quarter - A Beautiful Shopping Day
9 - Fauve - Three Magic Words